Faculty Instructional Development

About SOS

SOS is a workshop series. It's also a network - a network of administrative staff who work in the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center.

SOS participants want to enhance their skills in office-related software through hands-on activities and peer support. 

In the coming year, SOS participants will work together to identify the skills we want to learn or improve and the software that will help us accomplish our goals.

The 2016-17 SOS Calendar will be posted in August. Thank you for your patience.

Below is a list of applications or software organized by the purposes for which we can use them. The menu below is also organized by these tool & app categories and highlights the features and functionality of each.

Current SOS workshops are listed on the SOS homepage.

Tech Tools

Research Tools

  • Qualtrics (Survey tool - data collection)

  • Microsoft One Note (Organization tool)

  • Microsoft Office Excel (Data Analysis)

Project Management Tools

  • Microsoft One Note

  • Microsoft Office Access

  • Microsoft Project

  • Microsoft Office Excel

Calendar & Email Management

  • Microsoft Office Outlook

  • MailChimp

Design & Publishing Apps

  • iBooks Author for Mac Users

  • Adobe Pro 

Presentation Software

  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint

  • Haiku Deck

  • Doceri

  • Explain Everything

Meeting Apps

  • Join.me

  • Zoom

  • Skype


The Support for Office Staff (SOS) workshop series is not a certified skills program, such as is offered by The University of Arizona through its professional development courses in information technology and the IT Academy for Microsoft® Products as part of its software licensing benefits (see Related Resources below). The SOS workshop series is aimed at assisting OMSE staff as well as clerkship and elective/selective coordinators in further developing skills in using office applications, such as Microsoft® Office Word, Excel, Project, Visio, and PowerPoint and Adobe Pro, in ways targeted to support the medical education program. Some workshops may offer opportunities to learn new software.The primary facilitator for these workshops will be Karen Spear Ellinwood, PhD, JD, OMSE Faculty instructional development. AHSC BioCommunications staff may provide additional assistance or source materials.